Magic In Morocco
As the sun set on another magical day in this red country, you watch the merchants in their Djellaba close up shop for the day and you wander past small coffee houses and colourful lantern displays back to your welcoming Riad.
Entering this hidden exotic space, you make your way to your room which can only be described as romantic, complete with lush soft furnishings and a Moroccan tiled bathroom.
Resting onto the day bed in your room, you can’t help smiling about the delightful day you just had walking through the gardens, shopping for perfumes and handmade gifts, visiting a museum, eating in charming restaurants, and exploring with your amazing new friends!
Ah…the delights of Morocco! During our trip we will be staying in a selection of modern hotels and charming Riads, as well as a rustic fortified city and camping in the Sahara Desert!
Discover Historical Casablanca, Colourful Chefchaouen, Ancient Fez, Saharan Nights and the Magic of Marrakech!
You can add Egypt to the Moroccan tour on the reservation form
19 October 2022 Casablanca
Casablanca’s handsome Mauresque buildings, which meld French-colonial design and traditional Moroccan style, are best admired in the Downtown area. Visitors who spend time here are sure to get into the local swing of things and realise that this old pirate lair is looking towards the future, embracing the European-flavoured urban sophistication that has underpinned life here for the past century.
Our first day has been set aside just to arrive and rest after the long flight. We will meet at the hotel foyer for dinner at 6pm and head to the seaside for dinner (if you have arrived by then), but mostly this day has been set aside to collect people from the airport, (it is 1 hour from the airport to the hotel) to give people time to adjust after the long flight, settle in, relax, sleep, take a walk so you are bright and ready to meet at 8am the next morning for breakfast!
*If you are arriving early in the day you can catch a taxi (or walk it is 3.5km) to the largest shopping centre in Africa, Morocco Mall! This will certainly take a few hours. If you require extra nights accommodation we can arrange this and your airport transfer for $200AUD.
Drive Time from airport to accommodation – 1 hour
OVERNIGHT – Casablanca
What is not included
Optional extra’s (additional cost)
If you want to make the most of your adventure you can join us after this trip for our Ancient and Enchanting Egypt trip.
If you choose to join us in Egypt you will require two extra nights accommodation which we can arrange for you, single is $240AUD and twin share $280AUD per night, as well as flights from Casablanca to Cairo, approx. $400AUD.
The Trip Notes on this link are always the most up to date version. When booking a tour in advance things can change, please always refer to these notes on the website as the most recent version of trip notes for your tour.
Frequently Asked Questions
Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport.
There are no direct long-distance flights to Casablanca from Australia or the USA, you will have to stop on the way. Morocco is easy to access from the UK and Europe. Check www.skyscanner.com for your options.
You need to arrive on the 19th of October 2022. We have included a complimentary nights accommodation for you on the first night just to settle in, there is no sightseeing planned for this day it is just a rest day. *Please note that Casablanca in primarily an industrial port city and we do not recommend arriving early as there is not much to see here and things that are noteworthy we see the following day.
Please arrange your departure for the 29th of October for after 13.30pm as this will give you time to get to the airport and also allows for a contingency for our flight from the Sahara.
We have both single and twinshare rooms available. The single room has the supplement included. If you choose twinshare and are not travelling with a friend we will do our best to find you a roommate however in the event noone else is seeking a twinshare roommate then the single room rate will apply. We hope you understand.
*Please note that snorers, smokers or people who wear CPAP machines when sleeping must disclose this when booking as this could impact other peoples sleep and they need to be aware of this.
**We cannot guarantee compatibility of roommates, for example you may be of different ages or nationalities, however mostly when we do match people up they get on well and its only for a short period of time. Some people have even made lifelong friendships.
*** Twin share room s in Morocco often the beds are narrow and close together. This is because a lot of furniture is built into the room. For example on a concrete base. Or, the rooms are narrow so beds cannot separated by much distance, maybe just a small side table between.
Our groups are usually between 12 and 18 participants. These are ideal numbers as they are small enough to be manageable and intimate but large enough for diversity and fun!
I’m sure most people are aware that Moroccans use Tagines to cook, (as they don’t have electic or gas ovens). They cook each meal from scratch so note it can take time. The other common food in Morocco is couscous. For a country that was previously colonised by the French its a shame there isn’t more French influence in the cooking. You can see the French flavours however at breakfast when we carb load croissants, brioche, cake, crepes and anything else made from gluten. Fruits salad, yogurt and fresh juice also available.
*Please note this is not a trip for the coeliacs and in fact on these tours we are unable to accommodate complex dietary requirements or allergies. We have tried to in the past however local people do not understand the requirements and we don’t want to be responsible for people being unwell and we just can’t guarantee that the kitchens will get it right. I have to say meat eaters find it easier and have more variety than vegetarians in Morocco as they are predominantly a meat eating country. On most menus you can also find pasta and soups, unfortunately fresh salads are rare as these vegetables cannot be grown locally.
*Only drink bottled water
The people of Morocco are kind, warm, and well known around the world for their hospitality. A Moroccan, after having just met you, will invite you to his home for a feast of all they have to give, even if they are of meager means. They value building personal relationships, and want to help others for the sake of it, not always for their own personal gain. Family is important to Moroccans and you will often find extended family gathering for meals, tea, and visits. Moroccans will often ask you about the health and well-being of your own family, even if they have never met them. They have a genuine interest in concern for other people. Personal honor and respect is most important to Moroccans so crossing these lines can quickly turn a valuable relationship sour almost immediately.
You will find many men and woman wearing the traditional djellaba, a long hooded robe worn over their clothes. Women add the hijab, or head covering in a sign of submission to God. For special occasions, a caftan replaces the djellaba. The main difference between the two is that a caftan is made of more expensive fabrics and does not include the traditional hood. It is also adorned with lace, embroidery beading of bright colors. You will find just as many men and women among the younger generation wearing Western style clothing such as T-shirts and jeans and modern suits.
Most countries do not require a visa to enter Morocco, (This includes Australia, New Zealand, Britain, United States, Canada, Other EU countries). You do however require a passport valid for more than 6 months and a return or exiting plane ticket.
Yes but in the very best way. Morocco is extremely old, beautiful and romantic. The people are predominately Arabs and very friendly. There are however lots of hawkers or touts which can become tiresome. Always remain polite and respectful and your trip should be a pleasant one. Like most Muslim countries you will see a lot more men than women, as women are predominantly at home. Morocco is a modern, cosmopolitan country in many ways and people really want to encourage tourists and do their best to accommodate us. *Please wear appropriate clothing for a Muslim country ie cover shoulders and knees.
Well, that depends on your shopping habits! You will need to allocate around $15 – $30 per meal lunches and dinners and then add on extra for personal spending. Alcohol is always more expensive in countries where people don’t drink and is taxed highly. I tell people to bring around $500AUD to change on arrival to Casablanca, (not at the airport as they have terrible rates but we will find you a money changer in Casablanca city or the concierge at our hotel can help). Then bring a credit card for the other larger spending.
Yep, you sure can. We can arrange extra nights and airport transfers for $200AUD per night. If you wish to stay longer to see more sights please send us your desired itinerary and we can get our ground staff to price it for you with a guide. Please note this will be independent travel, ie a Vibrant Women representative will not be with you.
Our dedicated Travel Manager Kerstin can also help you, please see below “Arranging Flights”.
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Great! You can just complete the registration form on the link above. The deposit is $750AUD, this is becasue we need to book flights, accommodation and pay deposits for transport, guides etc, well in advance. The remainder is to be paid 75 days prior to the start of the tour. Our payment system is automated and once you book you will have a manage booking log in where you can make additional payments at any time.
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Please note that organising tours so far in advance and in the current climate means that sometimes the program has to change due to changes in flight schedules or for other reasons, please allow for this when managing expectations and understand we are doing our best to navigate a new travel environment.